Local Red Cross receives $200,000 donation

philadelphia red cross receives grant
“Today is a great example of how corporations, organizations, and governments can work together to help provide a social safety net while also creating opportunities for our citizens.” - U.S. Representative Bob Brady

Today during a job fair hosted by the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania, U.S. Representative Bob Brady (Dem- Pennsylvania 1st District) and Sunoco CEO Brian MacDonald announced a $200,000 donation by Sunoco that will help create more than 100 jobs and provide leadership skills to hundreds of school children across the Philadelphia region.

Click here to watch a video from the conference (Please scroll to 7 minutes to view the program)

American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania CEO Renee Cardwell Hughes said more than $140,000 will provide scholarships for people to become Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs) through the Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training (NAT) program.

“Our NAT program is a jobs program,” Hughes said. “We have an aging population, so qualified nurse assistants, particularly those trained by the Red Cross, will be in high demand.”

One of the NAT program training sites is in Congressman Bob Brady’s district. The Manor Care facility in Yeadon is where NAT students learn how to care for patients in a nursing home or hospital setting.

“Today is a great example of how corporations, organizations, and governments can work together to help provide a social safety net while also creating opportunities for our citizens,” Brady said.

Curtis Jarvis, a recent graduate of the NAT program and one of the first two people to receive a Sunoco scholarship spoke about the difference the scholarship will make in his life.

“Without this scholarship from Sunoco, I wouldn’t have been able to take the NAT classes and I wouldn’t be able to pursue a new career path,” Jarvis said. “I am so grateful for this opportunity and thankful to the Red Cross, Sunoco, and Congressman Brady.”

“We are so pleased to be able to help more than 100 people like Curtis find a better job and make a better life for themselves and their families,” MacDonald said. “Sunoco has long been a partner with the Red Cross and this is just one more way we can help our community and the Red Cross.”

The other $60,000 donated by Sunoco will be used to grow and develop the Red Cross Clubs program in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

“Red Cross Clubs are a great way for our young people to learn invaluable lifesaving skills like CPR and First-Aid,” Hughes said. “But just as important, the Clubs teach leadership skills and the value of giving back to your community.”

With today’s $200,000 donation for the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania NAT scholarships and Red Cross Clubs, Sunoco’s commitment to the Red Cross surpasses $400,000 this year, making Sunoco one of the largest corporate contributors to the Southeastern Pennsylvania American Red Cross. Sunoco donates more than $200,000 to fuel the Red Cross fleet of disaster response vehicles.

Anyone interested in becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant via the American Red Cross should call (215) 405-8536 or click here.

To learn more about Red Cross Clubs, click here.

About the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania:

The American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The Red Cross is not a government agency. All Red Cross assistance is free of charge. Financial contributions are always welcomed and needed and can be made by going to RedCrossPhilly.org.